Think About the Times: The Chrysalis Years 1969-1972

Think About the Times: The Chrysalis Years 1969-1972

by Ten Years After
     
 
Americans might not understand the title of this Ten Years After collection covering the titular years. That's because the band was not signed to Chrysalis in the States. It was in the U.K. though, and the label was fortunate to be associated with the Alvin Lee-fronted act for its most popular and arguably finest work (Ssssh, 1969; Cricklewood Green, 1970;

Overview

Americans might not understand the title of this Ten Years After collection covering the titular years. That's because the band was not signed to Chrysalis in the States. It was in the U.K. though, and the label was fortunate to be associated with the Alvin Lee-fronted act for its most popular and arguably finest work (Ssssh, 1969; Cricklewood Green, 1970; Watt, also 1970; A Space in Time, 1971, and Rock & Roll Music to the World, 1972). The original four-piece would only release one more studio LP and one double-live package (both for Columbia) before calling it quits in 1974 after the tepid response to Positive Vibrations. This three-disc set presents the albums in order and adds a few negligible B-sides and single edits. The sound is excellent throughout because the compilers predominantly used the 2004 remasters, an enormous improvement over the previous editions. The difference is immediately noticeable on the bass and keyboard parts that were formerly often lost in the mix. The music jumps out of the speakers belying the late-'60s/early-'70s recording technology. So what's not to like? First, this was a perfect opportunity to unearth and add unreleased material, such as the two songs that were tacked onto the reissue of Cricklewood Green, but they're M.I.A. here. Also, there are no new liner notes, no fresh pictures (nearly all the graphics are taken from the existing album artwork), and the somewhat shoddy layout of the skimpy eight-page book looks like it was thrown together in a few hours. Considering how terrific this music now sounds, this was a missed opportunity to issue a classy package that even fans who own the discs would want to include in their collection. Musically, a closer listen to Ten Years After reveals that there was more to the group than just the sped-up, psychedelic boogie blues and Lee's patented, fast-fingered riffing that they typically get pigeonholed for. Although Lee's lyrics weren't particularly memorable, the band matured during these years, resulting in a more folk-oriented slant for their biggest seller, A Space in Time, and Chick Churchill's restrained yet effective use of synthesizers without dragging the proceedings into prog on Rock & Roll Music to the World. Another listen to the oft-derided Watt shows that, although it doesn't approach the heights of its Cricklewood Green predecessor, there is a certain charm in its lackadaisical, murky style. Rock & Roll Music is another unsung gem of sorts, a return to Ten Years After's boogie beginnings with contemporary -- at least for its time -- trappings that's worth reappraisal, especially with the remixed audio revealing subtleties in the recording. Leo Lyons' bass work is impressively present and shows him to be an imaginative and talented musician. There should have been more care applied to the graphics and presentation of this package but newcomers to the band can start here and pick up the remaining entries in Ten Years After's catalog afterwards.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5099964214726
catalogNumber:
6421472

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Bad Scene
  2. Two Time Mama
  3. Stoned Woman
  4. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  5. If You Should Love Me
  6. I Don't Know That You Don't Know My Name
  7. Stomp
  8. I Woke Up This Morning
  9. If You Should Love Me
  10. Sugar The Road
  11. Working On The Road
  12. 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain
  13. Year 3,000 Blues
  14. Me And My Baby
  15. Love Like A Man
  16. Circles
  17. As The Sun Still Burns Away

Disc 2

  1. Love Like A Man
  2. I'm Coming On
  3. My Baby Left Me
  4. Think About The Times
  5. I Say Yeah
  6. Band With No Name
  7. Gonna Run
  8. She Lies In The Morning
  9. Sweet Little Sixteen
  10. One Of These Days
  11. Here They Come
  12. I'd Love To Change The World
  13. Over The Hill
  14. Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'N' Roll You
  15. Once There Was A Time
  16. Let The Sky Fall
  17. Hard Monkeys
  18. I've Been There Too
  19. Uncle Jam

Disc 3

  1. I'd Love to Change tThe World
  2. You Give Me Loving
  3. Convention Prevention
  4. Turned off T.V. Blues
  5. Standing At The Station
  6. You Can't Win Them All
  7. Religion
  8. Choo Choo Mama
  9. Tomorrow I'll Be Out Of Town
  10. Rock & Roll Music To The World
  11. Choo Choo Mama
  12. Love Like A Man

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ten Years After   Primary Artist
Chick Churchill   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Alvin Lee   Guitar,Vocals,electronics
Ric Lee   Drums
Leo Lyons   Bass
Alan Black   Balloon

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Ten Years After   Producer,Instrumentation
Chick Churchill   Composer
Alvin Lee   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Inside Photo
Roy Baker   Special Effects
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Andy Johns   Engineer
Chris Kimsey   Engineer
Ric Lee   Composer
Leo Lyons   Composer
Del Newman   String Arrangements
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Chris Wright   Executive Producer,Sleeve Design
Jack Cunningham   Roadie
John Hembrow   Roadie

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